"One Mic" by nas, from Stillmatic. directed by Chris Robinson
one of the illest Rap Videos ever, "One Mic" represents Nas at his best. this joint's a mixture of raw (sometimes incomprehensible) lyricism, optimistic pseudo-religious proclamations, and revolution-inspiring gun-talk. in fact, the lyrics on the clean mtv version were even HARDER! and besides all that, Robinson throws together one'a the illest treatments i know of, with the the African uprising, Nas' one mic tee shirt (if you know where i can cop that tee, get at me...), and "I Am Tiger Woods" snippets of diverse people mouthin' the lyrics... one of nas' best joints ever...
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i KNOW it's a cartoon. just TRUST ME on this...
i promise, it's not from Class of 3000. i don't know where it IS from, but it's NOT from cartoon network... well, it could'a been on adult Swim... but even if it was, your kids STILL shouldn't be watchin' it!
or maybe they should. the message is there, just, y'know... with lotsa cussin' an' stuff...
anyways, thanks to my friend Camisha J (i don't know if she reads this blog anymore... if so HOLLA!) for sharin' this with me... i laughed my face off!
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i mean, not only does he write/spit the rhymes, produce the beat, and sing lead vocals for the hook on "Push" (from his new frisbee: Desire, in stores now kids!), but he rocks one hell of a mean Afro in the video!
this song is apparently on the soundtrack to NBA Homecourt (of course with the anti-Bush comment, reference to DVD bootleggin', and cuss words zigga'd out) because of his props to Manu from the Spurs...
anywho, i bow down to a true player, mon ami!
recognize the skills...
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sigh. that review may never get written.
of course, i wouldn't be much of a blogger if failed to mention the original big-screen appearance of the Robots In Disguise: 1986 animated smash Transformers: The Movie, starring such notable actors as Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) as Galvetron (the ressurection of Megatron) and Orson Wells as the planet eating archvillain, Unicron. the film's mashing of pseudo-religious themes and colorful cast of new robots set against the thrusting of the cartoon into the future (2005 was the future back then, family!) helped make it an instant classic among faithful Transformers fans. the film shocked thousands (maybe millions) of young fans with an unpredictable and unbelievable plot twist: the brutally violent deaths of many popular characters (including fan-favorite Autobot leader Optimus Prime, below) in the first Act! i saw T:TM in the theater (rare for me as a child), and the audience was in saddened shock when Prime's light went out. Initially panned by critics and a financial disappointment, T:TM is now considered by some (including me) one of the best animated films ever made.
there is no need for new Transformers fans to see the cartoon show or film to get and appreciate the new Transformers film, which is packed with metric tons of action, effects, and laughs. "Good, ignorant fun!" as we like to say. while i wouldn't worry about taking kids to see it, Transformers is definately aimed at my generation: eighties kids that may have outgrown the chasing of new toys and other products associated with this franchise, but many of whom now have children that will serve as a conveniant excuse to dive back in. the PG-13 rating will bother a few parents, but the minimal references to sexual subjects, occasional cussing, and glorious abundance of cartoon violence won't bother most parents.
in short, a great, great flick. i will let the purists debate the changes in plot and characters. any problems i had with the movie were minimal. i'd say overall, it was big fun!
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